Volunteering in San Antonio de Areco, Argentina

Overview

Following a short trip to Uruguay, off we went on a new workaway adventure. This time we volunteered in an eco-guesthouse located 10 kms away from the charming village of San Antonio de Areco, about two hours north of Buenos Aires.

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Raucho Guesthouse

Matteo (31 year-old Italian traveller with a background in landscaping) and Mercedes (33 year-old Argentine traveller with a background in environmental engineering) met on their respective journey throughout Bolivia. They caught up a while later in Australia, where they eventually came up with the idea of creating a sustainable project together. 

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For two years, they worked on renovating her father's property - a traditional farmhouse connected to San Antonio through a long dusty path, similar to the red road that led us to Kampong Chin a few months back. Today, Raucho is a green oasis surrounded with endless soybeans and wheat fields. With four rooms at disposal, an outstanding cuisine and no wi-fi access, Raucho is the ideal place to take a break from the busy city life.

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Our Typical Day as Volunteers

Note: we happened to be there during the Easter break, one of the busiest periods of the year.

  • 9:00 a.m - Wake-up time
  • 9:30 a.m - Breakfast
  • 10:00 a.m - Clearing breakfast table, washing the dishes
  • 10:30 a.m - Cleaning common areas 
  • 11:00 a.m - Getting rooms ready in case of check-out
  • 12:30 a.m - Help in the kitchen for staff lunch
  • 1:00 p.m - Staff lunch with Matteo and Mercedes
  • 1:30 p.m - Lunch upon request (mise en place, taking order, serving, clearing)
  • 3:00 p.m - Free time (walk around, practice yoga, work on creative projects) 
  • 7:00 p.m - Help in the kitchen for staff dinner and mise en place for guests dinner
  • 8:00 p.m - Staff dinner with Matteo and Mercedes
  • 9:00 p.m - Dinner  (serving and clearing)
  • 10:00 p.m - Cleaning the kitchen and breakfast mise en place
  • 11:00 p.m - Bed time in our cosy caravan close to the forest
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Gracias

Matt and Mechi, we are so grateful for our experience at Raucho. Hours flew by, we learned more than we had imagined, we felt highly respected and left feeling we had made new friends. Grazie. Nos vemos pronto!

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